Dhaka, Aug 28 (UNB) - The government is procuring 300 double-decker, 200 air-conditioned and 100 single-decker non-AC buses under the second Indian Line of Credit (LoC) to Bangladesh.
A contract signing ceremony between Bangladesh and India for the procurement of 300 double-decker buses for the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation under the second LoC extended by India to Bangladesh was held at a city hotel on Tuesday.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Road Transport and Highway Division Secretary Md Nazrul Islam, Chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation Farid Ahmed Bhuiyan and Global Head, International Operation, Ashok Leyland Rajive Saharia were present.
“Development cooperation has emerged as a key pillar of the bilateral relationship,” said Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla at the signing ceremony.
He further said, "From the modest beginning in the years after Bangladesh's liberation, India's development cooperation with Bangladesh has grown in size and coverage. With USD 8 billion in Lines of Credit under implementation, Bangladesh has become India’s largest development partner."
The LoC is focused on various infrastructure development projects in sectors such as transport, road, rail, port, airport, power, information and communication technology, health and technical education.
In addition to the LoC, India is undertaking a number of grant projects in Bangladesh in diverse sectors, including education, health, water, culture, urban development and disaster management.
The High Commissioner said the procurement of busses -- 300 double-decker, 100 single-decker and 50 articulated -- was one of the successful projects implemented under the 1st LoC to Bangladesh.
"I’ve no doubt that the induction of these new state-of-art busses in the BRTC fleet will greatly benefit the Bangladesh public transport system," Shringla said.
In addition to busses, he said, Bangladesh will also procure 350 16.2 ton and 150 10.2 ton trucks for the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) under the 2nd LoC to Bangladesh.
Ashok Leyland is the second largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in India, the 4th largest manufacturer of buses in the world, and the 12th largest manufacturers of trucks.
A US$ 4 billion (2017-18) company with its footprints extending across 50 countries and it is also one of the most fully-integrated manufacturing companies on this side of the globe.
Ashok Leyland, in partnership with the IFAD group, opened a truck assembly plant in Dhamrai, Savar last year, Shringla said.
IFAD has also started utilising Mongla Port for import of Ashok Leyland vehicles through the sea route under the Coastal Shipping Agreement between India and Bangladesh.
Shringla said a number of other reputed Indian automotive companies, including Tata Motors and Hero Motocorp, are looking at a long-term presence in Bangladesh and have invested in setting up assembly or manufacturing plants in the country.
Dhaka, Aug 15 (UNB) – Two students – one of a private university and another of a madrasha – have been arrested from two city neighbourhoods in overnight drives conducted by Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
They are said to be accused of spreading rumours on social media during the recent students’ protest for road safety.
The arrested students are identified as Nazmus Sakib, 24, a student of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) and Ahmed Hossain, 19, a student of Jamiya Nuriya Madrasa.
Contacted, Special Super of the CID (Organised Crime Unit) Mollah Nazrul Islam told UNB that based on secret information, a special team of the CID Organized Crime Unit, conducted simultaneous drives at East Rajabazar area of Farmgate and Kamrangichar area from 7 pm and arrested Sakib and Hossain respectively.
After the arrests were made, a case was filed with Paltan Police station accusing them under Section of 57 (2) of the ICT Act on Wednesday, the CID Special Super said.
Dhaka, Aug 14 (UNB) – Bangladesh capital Dhaka has ranked the second least liveable city in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit annual global survey.
The worldwide league table ranks 140 cities on a range of factors, including political and social stability, crime, education and access to healthcare.
Austrian capital, Vienna, has beaten Australia's Melbourne to be named the world's most liveable city.
It's the first time a European city has topped the rankings of the Economist Intelligence Unit annual global survey.
The others in the most liveable cities in 2018 are 2. Melbourne, Australia, 3. Osaka, Japan, 4. Calgary, Canada, 5. Sydney, Australia, 6. Vancouver, Canada, 7. Tokyo, Japan, 8. Toronto, Canada, 9. Copenhagen, Denmark, 10. Adelaide, Australia
At the other end of the scale, war-torn Damascus in Syria was ranked the least liveable city while Lagos of Nigeria was third, Pakistan’s Karachi in fourth and Port Moresby of Papua New Guinea was on the fifth position.
The Economist said that crime, civil unrest, terrorism or war played a "strong role" in the ten-lowest scoring cities.
Dhaka, July 30 (UNB) – Vehicular movement on Banani-Airport road resumed after five hours of blockade since morning as police dispersed the agitators after 4 pm on Monday.
Police swung into action around 3:40 pm as they continued their blockade despite repeated requests by the authorities of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College.
The police chased the students through Shewra Bus stand where the angry students vandalised 8-10 buses.
Earlier, Ummey Kulsum, a teacher of the college, urged the agitators to withdraw their blockade programme as two drivers and two helpers of three buses of 'Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’ were arrested by members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).
“The authorities concerned informed us that Jabal-e-Noor won’t operate any bus on Mirpur-Uttara road. Besides, a footbridge and a speed-breaker will be set up in front of the college,” she said.
“Student representatives, college Principal, a joint commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police and representatives of Dhaka Cantonment held a joint meeting in this regard. And they assured us of bringing the offenders to justice,” Ummey Kulsum added.
Defying her repeated requests, witnesses said, the agitators chanted slogans to continue their protest programme, prompting the police to swing into action and dispersed them.
Meanwhile, the train communications between Dhaka and other parts of the country were suspended for about two hours on Monday as students from different schools and colleges put up a barricade on rail tracks near Dhaka Cantonment, protesting Sunday's accident on Airport Road that left two college students dead.
Mozammel Hossain, stationmaster of Cantonment Railway Station, said the students took position on the rail track near Sheora level-crossing around 1:30 pm, forcing the authorities concerned to suspend the train services from Kamalapur Railway Station.
However, the train communications resumed around 3:20 pm, said officer-in-charge of Kamalapur Railway Station Yasin Faruk.
Earlier in the day, the students staged demonstrations in different parts of the city to protest the death of their two fellows, causing widespread traffic chaos.
Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College, were killed as a bus ploughed through some students in front of Kurmitola General Hospital on Airport Road on Sunday.
Witnesses said several hundred students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College took to the streets around 10:30 am on Monday and put up barricades, disrupting traffic on the busy road.
The unruly students also chanted slogans saying 'We want justice'.
Besides, students of different schools and colleges, including BAF Shaheen College, Kurmitola, Government Science College, NawabHabibullah Model School & College, Bangabandhu College and BananiBidyaNiketan School and College joined the road blockade programme expressing solidarity with the demand.
Earlier, students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College formed a human chain in front of their college around 10 am demanding justice.
On information, police went to the spot and removed them from the college premises.
They staged a sit-in near Radisson Hotel around 10:15 am, disrupting traffic.
As police obstructed them from staging demonstrations near the hotel, they brought out a rally from there protesting the death of their two fellows and put up a barricade on the Airport Road.
Around 10:30 am, several hundred students gathered near the footbridge of Cantonment Railway Station and blocked the road in front of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College.
Besides, students of different colleges, including City College, blocked roads adjacent to Science Laboratory area in the morning, protesting the death of the two students, halting vehicular movement on the busy road.
On information, police rushed in and tried to disperse them, triggering a chase-and-counter-chase between the students and the police.
However, the traffic on the road returned to normalcy around 12:30 pm following police intervention at Science Laboratory area.
Barishal, July 27 (UNB) - The commissioner of the Election Commission, Mahbub Talukdar, on Friday said a silent and peaceful environment is existing in and around the city ahead of the city corporation election slated to be held on July 30.
The mayoral candidates of Barishal City Corporation (BCC) have promised for a fair, free and impartial election, said the commissioner while exchanging views with all mayoral candidates at the regional EC office in the city.
“They (candidates) promised to continue their support to make the elections fair,” he added.
The environment will be maintained until the election day and the election will be fairer, compared to those in Rajshahi and Khulna cities, he hopped.
BCC Returning Officer Md Mujibur Rahman Talukder presided over the meeting while Awami League mayoral candidate Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah, BNP aspirant Majibur Rahman Sarwar, Jatiya Party’s Iqbal Hossain Taposh and Islamic Movement’s candidate Saidur Rahman Mahbub, among others, were present at the meeting.